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Any advice for a new Peds psy nurse

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by Riegelbeagle Riegelbeagle (New Member) New Member

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I wrote one post but no responses. I thought I would try a different question. Any advice for a nurse new to Peds psy ? My big fear is not knowing what to say or how to handle high risk situations. Are there books anyone would recommend or you tube videos on therapeutic techniques, etc ? 

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Ask lots of questions and ask for lots of help!!! Your coworkers are a wealth of information. Find some people who are helpful and don’t mind all your questions. Watch for the people who are really good with the kids—staff and nurses. See how they communicate. Ask them for advice. Ask them if you can watch them de-escalate a situation. My techs were so much help. Where I worked there were people with 10, 15, 20 years experience and I would go to them for help. 

The absolutely most important thing in psych is to be calm—no matter what happens. You can be totally scared on the outside, but it’s important to be calm outwardly. No matter what kind of insanity is happening, you want to calm the situation—not add to everybody’s stress by panicking. 

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